Marvin A. Tucker
March 1, 1909 - April 20, 2010
Marvin Allison Tucker, 101, of 711 Country Club Road died April 20, 2010, at his home. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 8, 2010, at Mountain View Cemetery with the Rev. Jim Graham officiating. Vault interment will follow. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice or a charity of the donor's choice through Herring Groseclose Funeral Home. Family and friends are invited to gather at the cemetery for the service and all are invited to join the family at the home of Terry and Ronnie Tucker, 240 Stone Street, Walla Walla, after the service.
Mr. Tucker was born March 1, 1909, at his grandparent's home in Weston to Edward and Rosa Gould Tucker. In his early years he attended Holdman School and later graduated from the Griswold High School in Helix. He was a standout athlete while in high school in at least three sports, nicknamed "Shorty" by his teammates and fans. It was during this time Mr. Tucker found his special girlfriend and future wife, Erva Piper, who he doggedly pursued for several years.
After high school, Mr. Tucker worked at the Helix grain elevator and also worked on a surveying team supervised by his uncle, Otis Gould. Mr. Tucker's girlfriend, Erva was attending the St. Mary's Hospital School of Nursing at this time. Mr. Tucker would drive his Model A down Butler Grade and back every weekend to court her. She later would comment that she gave in and married him because he wouldn't go away. They were married in Walla Walla on March 1, 1934.
Mr. Tucker's father had bought the first ranch just before this and then Mr. Tucker and his bride moved to the ranch, a house was built and after lots of hard work and successful farming, two sons were born, another ranch bought and more land acquired and more wheat harvested. A very successful family business spread and flourished.
Mr. Tucker had a great sense of purpose with all he did. When he decided to undertake something, he did it carefully, determinedly and very well. He took up golf when he was 48 years old, staying on the driving range and putting greens until they were mastered before he ever got on the course. It was not very long until he was club champion. He and Mrs. Tucker bought a condo in Palm Desert and were members of the Shadow Mt. Golf club, where both shone as sportsmen. He also was successful in earning his pilot's license, had served on the Prescott School Board, was a member of the Walla Walla Country Club, loved reading, being surrounded by the family and his dear golfing and ice cream buddies. He and his sons had incorporated their farming operations that extended through Prescott and Clyde/Pleasantview where they lived for many years to Pendleton, Horse Heaven and the Lexington area.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Don and Claudia Tucker and Terry and Ronnie Tucker; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Conrad (Dee) Tucker. He was preceded in death by his wife, Erva P. Tucker; four brothers, Dale, Sherrel, Conrad and Stanley; one sister, Mildred Tucker Blewitt; and a daughter-in law, Gail Z. Tucker.